Obama Makes Afghanistan His Iraq War
May 12, 2009 • 11:04AM

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates signaled a major escalation of the U.S. war in Afghanistan, this afternoon, when he announced that he had asked for the resignation of Gen. David McKiernan, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan. In his place, Gates said he would put forward the name of Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, a well-regarded expert in counterinsurgency and special operations, as McKiernan's replacement, and Lt. Gen. David Rodriguez, currently serving as Gates' military assistant, as McChrystal's deputy. Gates said, during today's press briefing, that a new policy and a new strategy (all with a heavy emphasis on counterinsurgency), under a new President, requires new leadership on the ground in Afghanistan. Gates, backed up by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, emphasized that "the focus here is simply on getting fresh thinking, fresh eyes on the problem, and in how we implement the strategy and the mission going forward."

Lyndon LaRouche, upon being briefed on these latest developments, said that the Afghanistan war has now become Barack Obama's Iraq war.